By Monday afternoon, all members of the Tunkhannock major girls all-star team and their families had arrived in Portland, Ore., for the Little League Softball World Series.
Spread across seven flights and many cities, the girls all arrived safely on the West Coast ready to take on the world.
The Little League Softball World Series was first held in 1978.
On August 8, it will begin its 25th year at Alpenrose Dairy stadium. During the tournament, young athletes from around the world will gather and play a total of 31 games over eight days. This all builds up to the world championship final game that will air-on ESPN on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 10 p.m. EST.
Alpenrose Dairy is a private business owned by the Cadonau family. This facility is actually located in the Cadonau’s backyard. They have graciously donated the use of this beautiful facility for the use of the ball fields for Little League only. These fields are maintained by the staff of Alpenrose Dairy.
The entire week of games is free of admission and parking fees.
What started as a simple ball field built in 1956 for Henry Cadonau’s grandkids to play on, Alpenrose Field has become the site for girls Little League Softball World Series.
Once the girls get settled on the West Coast, there are many sights to see in and around the Portland area. Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and the Oregon coast are all a short distance away, as is the Portland Zoo. The Tigers were greeted at Portland International Airport by members of the Little League Softball World Series staff.
Teams with 13 players, like the Tunkhannock girls, will get four-layer rooms – three rooms housing three players and one room housing four players.
Friends, siblings and parents are not allowed to stay in the players’ rooms. The coaching staff will be provided up to three single rooms, the entire stay, room and tax included.
Each of the players and coaches filled out a team questionnaire, providing the ESPN staff and on-air commentators interesting facts and tidbits of information about each player. Parents are all required to sign a code of conduct form.
When the girls got to the field, they were fitted for team uniforms. Jersey numbers correspond to sizes, so it is not possible for a child who wears a large to have a low digit. The LL staff will fit each player to the appropriate size so they are comfortable and look professional on the field.
Teams will also meet with Easton, a huge sponsor of the event. Representatives are on hand to tell teams about their products and help players get correctly fitted for equipment. Easton will be giving each team helmets, bats, and catcher’s gear. If a player has a bat she uses that she would like to continue to use it is suggested she brings it as well as a set of catching gear in case the catcher feels uncomfortable in her new gear.
All team meals will be provided during the team’s time at the World Series beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Team photos and individual photos were to be taken and used for the web site and programs. Team photos will be available for sale during the tournament.
As with Regionals and ending with the World Series, all Little League games can be live streamed at www.plus.espn.com. Then stay with the action and stream the first 24 games of the World Series on ESPN+ for $4.99 a month. The Semi-Championship game will be live on ESPN 2; the Championship game live on ESPN.
Each team was expected to contribute a raffle basket to the Little League Softball World Series Raffle Booth. Each basket is unique to the region, state and/or city represented. All proceeds from the Regional Raffle Baskets will be used to fund the LLSBWS team housing hospitality fund and player fun nights.
How they got here:
Eastern U.S. Regional in Bristol, Conn.: Pennsylvania (4-0) over Rhode Island (3-2), 2-1 in seven innings.
Central U.S. Regional in Carmel, Indiana: Ohio (5-0) over Iowa (4-1), 3-1
Southeastern U.S. Regional in Warner Robins, Georgia: Tennessee (4-1) over North Carolina (2-1), 4-3.
Southwestern U.S. Regional in Waco, Texas: Louisiana (4-1) over Texas West (3-1), 2-1.
Western U.S. Regional in San Bernardino, Calif.: Washington (Northwest pool) (5-0) over Arizona (West pool) (4-1), 4-1.
Europe-Africa:Czech Republic (4-1) over Italy (4-1), 4-3.
Asia-Pacific: Philippines (3-0) over Singapore (0-3). Philippines shutdown Singapore throughout tournament, 63-0.
Canada: British Columbia (2-0) over New Brunswick (0-2). British Columbia shutout New Brunswick, 10-0 and 18-0 in championship play.
Latin America: Mexico (3-1) over Puerto Rico A (3-1), 4-3.
In Portland there will be two pools. Tunkhannock is in Pool A with Canada (Layritz, Victoria, British Columbia); Europe-Africa (Prague, Czech Republic); Southeastern U.S.: (Gray, Tenn.); Western U.S. (Kirkland, Wash.). Pool B is : Asia-Pacific (Bacolod City, Philippines); Central U.S. (Wheelersburg, Ohio); Latin America (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico); Oregon District 4 (Lake Oswego, Ore.); Southwestern U.S. (River Ridge, La.).
Tunkhannock will take the field in the first game of the round robin tournament, facing Canada at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. The second game for the Tigers is Thursday at 10 p.m. against Europe-Asia. Game three is against Southeast U.S. at 7 p.m. on Friday, and the final game of the pool play is Saturday at noon against the Western U.S. champs. Monday at noon will be the beginning of bracket play.
All times are Eastern Standard Time.
Bogey’s Bar and Grille and the Moose Lodge in Tunkhannock, as well as the Hotel Almont in Nicholson, will live stream all games during viewing parties.